Commission entrepreneurship and EU employment policy: The fate of a former darling

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An ongoing disagreement between researchers of EU decision-making processes is about who primarily drives the development – the Commission or the member states. The present article addresses this issue within the context of EU employment policy, a cornerstone in Social Europe. Research has often pointed to a gradually weakening and subordination of these policies to economic policies. However, recent in-depth studies have found a progressive ‘socialization’ taking place in the European Semester. In this article, it is argued that Commission entrepreneurship has been relatively successful and that the Commission stands out as the most important actor in a partial comeback of EU employment policy, which has taken place since the 2010s.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volumeonline first
ISSN0959-6801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Europe 2020, European Commission, European Employment Strategy, European semester, policy entrepreneurship, social Europe

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